CITY OF TONAWANDA
Driver calls 911 to report he's drunk
City of Tonawanda police arrested a Buffalo man after he called 911 to report he was driving drunk and had a flat tire on Twin Cities Memorial Highway early Saturday.
Eugene W. Hicks, 34, of Berkshire Avenue, was charged with DWI and multiple traffic infractions at 3:13 a.m. Saturday.
Hicks allegedly admitted to a 911 dispatcher he was intoxicated and his car had blown a tire, leaving him stranded. When officers arrived at the man's location they found he had actually veered off the highway and struck several road signs, including a caution sign warning of a curve ahead — a turn he failed to negotiate.
One of the vehicle's tires had been pulled off during the crash.
Hicks' blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.17 percent. He was held for court.
• TRESPASS: Officers are investigating a reported unwanted visitor at 5 p.m. Friday at a residence in the 800 block of Pierce Avenue. The victim, a 48-year-old man, told police he approached his home and heard a commotion in his basement. He told police he entered and announced whoever was in the house needed to come upstairs. Two men, a 17-year-old and a 38-year-old, known to the victim as relatives of his domestic partner, came up from the basement. A physical altercation ensued, the victim said, which resulted in him striking the 17-year-old with a wooden stick or sword and chasing the pair from the residence. He told police he was unsure if any property was missing.
• INCIDENT: Police are investigating an incident that took place at 5 p.m. Friday at a gas station in the 8800 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard. An employee of the full-service station said a woman driving a four-door white sedan left the property while the hand pump was still inside her vehicle’s gas tank. He said the woman paid but he asked her to wait before driving off as he was assisting other customers at the same time. He said the hand pump forcefully came out of the vehicle as it left and was not damaged, though the entire front of the gas pump it connects to was pulled off by the strain. The employee said she likely didn’t hear him ask her to wait.